9 Facts About Atul Kochhar

1. Atul Kochhar was born on 31 August 1969 and is an Indian-born, British-based chef and television personality.

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2. Atul Kochhar was one of the first two Indian chefs to receive a Michelin star, awarded in London in 2001 whilst at Tamarind.

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3. Atul Kochhar opened his own restaurant Benares, which won him a second Michelin star in 2007.

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4. Atul Kochhar makes regular appearances on television shows, and has written a number of cookbooks: Simple Indian, Fish, Indian Style, Curries of the World, and 30 Minute Curries.

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5. Atul Kochhar gained his diploma in Hotel Management from The Institute of Hotel Management Chennai.

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6. In June 1993 Atul Kochhar graduated to the five star deluxe Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi.

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7. In January 1994 Atul Kochhar moved to the restaurant of chef Bernard Kunig.

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8. Atul Kochhar continued his cooking career and in January 2001 at the age of 31, Atul Kochhar was the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star.

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9. Atul Kochhar appeared in Masterchef Goes Large, season two and BBC2's Great British Menu in a bid to create a menu in honour of the Queen's 80th Birthday.

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